KwaZulu-Natal police nab four suspected hijackers after shootout

2019-03-08 15:47
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Four suspected hijackers have been arrested following a shootout with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police on Thursday night in Greenwood Park, Durban.

"The Durban Flying Squad were conducting crime prevention duties in the Greenwood Park area when they received a positive tracker for a hijacked vehicle. Police officers responded and spotted the vehicle," said KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

According to Zwane, when police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it the sped off. They gave chase and a shootout ensued.

One man sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and three people were nabbed unharmed.

Those who were arrested (aged between 20 and 22) were charged with the possession of suspected stolen property, attempted murder and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

They are expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate's Court next week.

Cloning

At the same time, KZN police seized 50 vehicles during a three-week operation in the province targeting vehicle licence cloning.

"The operation was held for the better part of the month of February and focused on… syndicates that steal and hijack vehicles with the intention of altering their identification numbers and selling them on the black market to those willing to purchase such vehicles," said Zwane.

Swoops were conducted in eThekwini, Port Shepstone, Pietermaritzburg and Empangeni. Most of the recovered vehicles had been stolen in eThekwini. 

"These operations are ongoing and we can expect more arrest and recoveries," added Zwane.

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